Post by Jim Wilkins Post by Stephen Harding
Discovery Channel must be rather embarrassed.
Good article today about the two primary "factions" of Earhart
theorists: They crashed on Gardner Island and died there versus
they crashed in the Marshall Islands and were captured by the
Japanese and taken to Saipan where they died.
Both sides have complete disdain for one another yet both agreed
very quickly the photo wasn't right, and should have been easily
verified as such rather quickly.
Some of those in these conspiracy factions have decades of time
invested in their cases, so I guess one doesn't easily accept any
deviation from the script under those conditions!
The Marshall Islands were roughly on the 157/337 sun sight line she
told Itasca they were flying, about twice as far to the NW from
Howland as Gardner was to the SE. Possibly she had enough fuel to
Maybe the answerable question is who else could the reported couple
have been, which is what I was looking for. Missionaries are likely
and traceable, and it's known some were executed during the war.
Howland to Mili is 800 miles, Howland to Gardner is 350. If she was at
the northwestern limit of the 200 mile search radius they estimated
from radio signal strength she's 600 from the Marshalls, 550 from
Gardner, so it isn't impossible that she was captured by the Japanese.
However RDF from other islands converges on Gardner and the Colorado's
search plane pilot saw signs of recent habitation there a week later
that haven't otherwise been explained.
It's unfortunate she never took the time to learn to use her radios
more effectively. She was a very good pilot but weak in the technical
details, like Morse and how to use her direction finder or what Itasca
needed from her to find her with theirs.